Wizards’ Beal, Nets’ Dinwiddie to miss rest of NBA season

WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards leading scorer Bradley Beal and Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie won’t take part in the restart of the NBA season, two significant absences in the Eastern Conference playoff race.   Beal is out because of a right rotator cuff injury; Dinwiddie announced that he is still testing positive for coronavirus and won’t participate.

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The Wizards’ Sidekick Has Become the Star. But Can the Former Star Become the Sidekick?

Bradley Beal will sit out the NBA’s restart, but a big question for him and the Wizards looms next season: Now that Beal has become the centerpiece in Washington, D.C., can John Wall play off Beal as well as Beal once played off Wall?

READ MORE: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2020/7/7/21316348/washington-wizards-bradley-beal-john-wall

 

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media over the weekend. Jackson initially posted a screenshot of a quote widely attributed to Adolf Hitler, saying in part: “Jews will blackmail America.” In another post, Jackson showed support for Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who is known for anti-Semitic rhetoric.

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In official statement, Eagles call DeSean Jackson’s posts ‘absolutely appalling’

The Philadelphia Eagles have responded to wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic posts on social media, calling his actions “appalling” and also saying they hope he “takes action to promote unity, equality, and respect.” This is the Eagles official statement: 

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The Latest: Red Sox starter Rodriguez tests positive

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: Red Sox manager Roenicke said Tuesday that starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and prospect Bobby Dalbec have both tested positive for COVID-19.

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NFL, NFLPA still haven’t resolved all protocol for camps

(AP) — The NFL and the NFLPA haven’t come to an agreement on all protocols for training camp and the preseason as the report date for teams draws closer. The two sides finalized the protocols regarding team travel, media, and treatment response, and have also updated the facilities protocol to specifically address training camp based on recommendations from a joint committee of doctors, trainers and strength coaches formed by the league and players’ union.

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Denver Nuggets promote Calvin Booth to general manager

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have promoted Calvin Booth to general manager. Booth, 44, is in his third season with the Nuggets after being hired as assistant GM in 2017. He succeeds Arturas Karnisovas, who left Denver in April to become the Chicago Bulls’ top decision-maker.

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2020 NBA MOCK DRAFT

FIRST ROUND:

#1: Golden State, Anthony Edwards – Georgia

#2: Cleveland, Obi Toppin – Dayton

#3: Minnesota, James Wiseman – Memphis

#4: Atlanta, LaMelo Ball – USA/International

#5: Detroit, Onyeka Okongwu – USC

#6: New York, Cole Anthony – North Carolina

#7: Chicago, Deni Avdija – Israel

#8: Charlotte, Daniel Oturu – Minnesota

#9: Washington, Theo Maledon – France

#10: Phoenix, Nico Mannion – Arizona

#11: San Antonio, Isaac Okoro – Auburn

#12: Sacramento, Tyrese Haliburton – Iowa State

#13: New Orleans, Vernon Carey – Duke

#14: Portland, Killian Hayes – France

#15: Orlando, Jaden McDaniels – Washington

#16: Minnesota, Josh Green – Arizona

#17: Boston, RJ Hampton – USA/International

#18: Milwaukee, Precious Achiuwa – Memphis

#19: Brooklyn, Tyrese Maxey – Kentucky

#20: Philadelphia, Reggie Perry – Mississippi State

#21: Dallas, Isaiah Stewart – Washington

#22: Memphis, Jordan Nwora – Louisville

#23: Denver, Zeke Nnaji – Arizona

#24: Miami, Immanuel Quickley – Kentucky

#25: New York, Aaron Nesmith – Vanderbilt

#26: Boston, Leandro Bolmaro – Argentina

#27: Oklahoma City, Tyler Bey – Colorado

#28: Toronto, Udoka Azubuike – Kansas

#29: LA Lakers, Jay Scrubb –JC

#30: Boston, Devin Vassell – Florida State

 

SECOND ROUND:

#31: Dallas, Elijah Hughes – Syracuse

#32: Charlotte, Jahmius Ramsey – Texas Tech

#33: Minnesota, Patrick Williams – Florida State

#34: Philadelphia, Nick Richards – Kentucky

#35: Sacramento, Devon Dotson – Kansas

#36: Philadelphia, Landers Nolley – Virginia Tech

#37: Washington, Paul Reed –DePaul

#38: New York, CJ Elleby – Washington State

#39: New Orleans, Chris Smith – UCLA

#40: Memphis, Jalen Smith – Maryland

#41: San Antonio, Saddiq Bey – Villanova

#42: Sacramento, Payton Pritchard – Oregon

#43: New Orleans, Malachi Flynn – San Diego State

#44: Portland, Ashton Hagans – Kentucky

#45: Orlando, Cassius Stanley – Duke

#46: Boston, Omer Yurtseven – Georgetown

#47: Chicago, Markus Howard – Marquette

#48: Indiana, Arturs Zagars – Latvia

#49: Philadelphia, Austin Wiley – Auburn

#50: Oklahoma City, Steven Enoch – Louisville

#51: Golden State, Mamadi Diakite – Virginia

#52: Golden State, Derrick Alston Jr. – Boise State

#53: Atlanta, Malik Fitts – St. Mary’s

#54: Sacramento, Tre Jones – Duke

#55: LA Clippers, Cassius Winston – Michigan State

#56: Charlotte,  Lamar Stevens – Penn State

#57: Brooklyn, Paul Eboua – Italy

#58: Toronto, Killian Tillie – Gonzaga

#59: Philadelphia, Mustapha Heron – St. John’s

#60: New Orleans, Myles Powell – Seton Hall

 

Dream owner Loeffler objects to WNBA’s social justice plans

NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA’s social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Ravens quarterback cancels Florida event amid virus surge

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has canceled his annual “Funday with LJ” event in Florida due to surging coronavirus cases in the state and strict gathering limits.

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Browns sign ‘Bama tackle Wills, team’s first-round pick

CLEVELAND (AP) Jedrick Wills has slid into place for the Browns. The former Alabama star right tackle, who will attempt to slide over to the left side for Cleveland, signed his four-year, $19.7 million contract on Tuesday, two weeks before he’s scheduled to report to his first NFL training camp. The deal includes an $11.9 million signing bonus.

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AP source: Browns restructure DE Olivier Vernon’s contract

CLEVELAND (AP) Olivier Vernon’s status with the Browns has more certainty. So does his paycheck. The defensive end, whose future in Cleveland seemed in doubt for months, has renegotiated his contract for next season, a person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Ex-coach Mike Shanahan elected to Broncos Ring of Honor

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Former head coach Mike Shanahan has been elected to the Denver Broncos Ring of Honor and will be inducted in 2021 because of COVID-19 precautions.

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Mahomes’ big bet on football pays off with $503 million deal

Patrick Mahomes risked everything when he opted for football over baseball. Turns out, he got baseball money anyway. One day after the former two-sport star got a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million, the richest contract in American sports history, the reigning Super Bowl MVP repeatedly insisted this deal was about more than money. He wants to be the cornerstone of a dynasty in Kansas City.

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Why Mahomes’ megadeal should please QBs, teams (except Cowboys)

Ten years ago, the NFL’s richest contract belonged to Tom Brady. The future Hall of Famer’s third Patriots extension came during an era that featured salary cap uncertainty, which led to a stagnant market.

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The Patrick Mahomes Megadeal Is Unprecedented in NFL History

The 24-year-old reigning Super Bowl MVP has reportedly agreed to a 10-year contract extension worth up to $503 million with the Chiefs. It could keep him in Kansas City through at least 2031.

READ MORE: https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2020/7/6/21315245/patrick-mahomes-contract-extension

 

Report: Cam Newton understands Patriots are holding open QB competition

The New England Patriots can probably provide Cam Newton with a better opportunity to start in Week 1 than just about any other NFL team, but it is not a guarantee that he will earn the job. The former MVP apparently understood that from the start.

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Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians: Players will ‘all get sick’ playing amid COVID-19 pandemic

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians delivered a stunning quote about the NFL’s plan to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking with the Tampa Bay Times, Arians made it clear he doesn’t think any player will avoid sickness: “We’ve got to be careful,” Arians said. “The players, they’re going to all get sick, that’s for sure. It’s just a matter of how sick they get.”

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Green Bay Packers CEO casts doubt on 2020 NFL season

The 2020 NFL season is around the corner and even with players just weeks away from arriving for training camp, the Green Bay Packers are once again casting some doubt on football in the fall.

READ MORE: https://sportsnaut.com/2020/07/green-bay-packers-ceo-casts-doubt-on-2020-nfl-season/

 

New England Patriots: 2020 Preseason Predictions and Preview

The Patriots are turning back the clock to a tried and true formula for success, one that kick-started the NFL’s most dominant dynasty some 20 years ago and was the key to its first three Super Bowl wins: a dominant defense complemented by an efficient offense and opportunistic special teams play.

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Six NFL defenders primed to break out in Year 2

In their second seasons in the NFL, some players become stars. Yardbarker’s Michael Nania and Sam Robinson offer candidates on defense who could make The Leap in Year 2. 

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Ranking top 10 EDGE rushers, defensive linemen in NFL: TJ Watt, Aaron Donald lead the way

After quarterback, edge rushers are arguably the most important position on the field. We certainly saw it with the 2019 draft class. And while this year’s class wasn’t quite as deep at the position, No. 2 overall pick Chase Young has a chance to be special.

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Ranking NFL divisions by WRs: NFC South loaded with ridiculous talent, Cowboys’ trio boosts NFC East

Passing is king in the modern NFL, which means wide receivers are more important than ever before. More and more often, teams are getting more and more wideouts onto the field, to the point where it is not even novel to state that a team’s third wideout is nearly a full-time starter. It’s in that environment that we continue our divisional rankings. In the space below, we’re going to dig in on each division’s wide receivers, summing up which group is the best, which is the worst, and all of the rankings in between. 

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AP source: Mets to host Yankees on 20th anniversary of 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets will host the crosstown Yankees on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 next season, according to a person familiar with the decision.

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How MLB’s Unprecedented 2020 Schedule Will Affect the Standings

The new slate, released Monday night, creates imbalance across teams and divisions. Here’s what it might mean.

READ MORE: https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2020/7/7/21315615/mlb-schedule-release-takeaways

 

Blackhawks say team name honors namesake who inspired

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks say they will continue to use their team name because it honors a Native American leader who has been an inspiration to generations.

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Column: The measure of DeChambeau is if anyone copies him

He reduced the golf course to a pitch-and-putt with power that got everyone’s attention. That was John Daly at Crooked Stick in 1991 when he followed his caddie’s instructions – “Kill it!” – on his way to winning the PGA Championship.

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8 IndyCar teams approved for millions in federal PPP loans for COVID-19 relief

Despite competing on national network TV and driving with big-name sponsors plastered on their cars, most IndyCar teams aren’t all that big of an operation. And as the teams were forced to shift into iRacing mode this spring, with the season indefinitely on hold for months, questions loomed as to which might be able to come out on the other side intact. Like many small businesses across the country, they got some help. 

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NHL announces season will resume on Aug. 1

On Monday, the NHL announced that the league and NHL Players’ Association reached a tentative agreement to return to play on Aug. 1 to crown a champion for the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Report: Ryder Cup postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

It appears the disappointing Ryder Cup news most have expected for weeks will be confirmed on Wednesday. ESPN’s Bob Harig reported that the PGA of America will announce that the Ryder Cup scheduled to occur at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin this September is postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Joel Embiid on NBA resumption: ‘I don’t think it’s going to be safe’

A number of players are questioning whether it’s smart to resume the 2019-20 NBA season in Orlando late this month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We can now add another star to that list.

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Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert had issues before coronavirus drama

The relationship between Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert may never be the same in the wake of the circumstances surrounding both Utah Jazz stars testing positive for the coronavirus, but it might be an exaggeration to say the situation impacted their friendship. In reality, Mitchell and Gobert were never close friends to begin with.

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What NBA Players Are Expecting Ahead of the Season’s Restart

As teams prepare to travel to Orlando later this week, players are expressing excitement, frustration, and concern over what they’ll be walking into

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MLS is Back match postponed following Nashville SC coronavirus outbreak

Roughly 24 hours after FC Dallas were pulled from the MLS is Back tournament scheduled to start July 8, return-to-play formats for the top-flight and the NBA that involve teams quarantining and living at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando suffered yet another blow.

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Five most disruptive defensive playmakers in college football today

Last week I discussed the most explosive offensive players currently in the college football game. While offensive stars like these may dominate the media, highlight reels, and even Heisman voting, an elite talent on the defensive end is just as capable of dominating the game.

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ACC Football: Ranking the Toughest Non-Conference Schedules in 2020

In recent years, the ACC has opened its football schedule with several of its members playing conference games. In week one of the 2020 season, Clemson will face Georgia Tech, Boston College will host Syracuse, and NC State travels to Louisville. But that does not mean that the league is devoid of meaningful non-conference games.

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Big Ten Football: Has the West Division Finally Caught Up with the East?

There was a time not so long ago — less than a year ago, actually — when college football media and fans pondered whether or not another Big Ten divisional realignment was needed. Since moving away from the “Legends” and “Leaders” divisions back in 2013 to the more geographically-pleasing setup the conference has now, the Big Ten East champion has rattled off six straight conference titles. Ohio State has four titles, with Penn State and Michigan State winning one apiece.

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MAC Football 2020 Predictions

Predicting the MAC’s 2020 college football season is no easy task. After all, the league had a surprise champion (Miami, Ohio) last year and this fall is shaping up to be just as unpredictable. While there’s no clear-cut favorite, Buffalo is Athlon’s pick as the top team and the program to beat in the 2020 MAC predictions. The Bulls have one of the league’s top coaches in Lance Leipold, along with a strong foundation in place on both sides of the ball. The RedHawks and Ohio aren’t far behind Buffalo for the top spot in the East, with Kent State coming in fourth.

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2021 NFL mock draft: Is Trevor Lawrence already a lock at No. 1?

It’s still just July, but if early projections for the 2021 NFL Draft are any indication, next year’s No. 1 overall pick might already be locked up. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence already appears to be the heavy favorite to be the first selection come next April, and the latest 2021 NFL mock draft from 247 Sports reinforces that assumption, sending him to the Jacksonville Jaguars in their most recent projection.

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2020 COLLEGE FOOTBALL CAPSULE: PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS

HEAD COACH: James Franklin

RECORD: 50 – 23 at Penn State

2019 RECORD: 11 – 2

BIG 10 RECORD: 7 – 2 (2ND in the East)

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Kirk Clarrocca

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Brent Pry

 

LAST LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP: 2016

RETURNING PLAYERS OFFENSE: 8

RETURNING PLAYERS DEFENSE: 5

RETURNING SPECIAL TEAMS: kicker

 

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH:

QB Sean Clifford

RB Journey Brown

TE Pat Freiemuth

C Michal Manet

DE Shaka Toney

LB Michael Parsons

CB Tariq Castro – Fields

S Lamont Wade

 

TEAM STRENGTHS: Penn State’s offense has plenty of talent, experience and depth in the backfield. Their tight end and offensive line are perhaps one of the top units in the conference. This could also be Coach Franklin’s best defense at Penn State. The linebackers could be the best in the conference. The secondary will also be a strength with three seniors starting.

 

TEAM CONCERNS: Penn State will have to adjust quickly with four new assistant coaches including offensive coordinator. Wide receiver is a concern with Jahan Dotson the only seasoned and most consistent player returning. Penn State allowed too many long pass plays last season.

 

3 BIGGEST QUESTIONS

Who will help solve the issues with the pass defense?

Who replaces KJ Hamler and other losses at wide receiver?

What does the revamp coaching staff look like?

 

2019 RESULTS

W Idaho 79 – 7

W Buffalo 45 – 13

W Pittsburgh 17 – 10

W at Maryland 59 – 0

W Purdue 35 – 7

W at Iowa 17 – 12

W Michigan 28 – 21

W at Michigan State 28 – 7

L at Minnesota 31 – 26

W Indiana 34 – 27

L at Ohio State 28 – 17

W Rutgers 27 – 6

COTTON BOWL

W Memphis 53 – 39

 

2020 SCHEDULE

September 5 Kent State

September 12 at Virginia Tech

September 19 San Jose State

September 26 Northwestern

October 3 at Michigan

October 17 Iowa

October 24 Ohio State

October 31 at Indiana

November 7 at Nebraska

November 14 Michigan State

November 21 Maryland

November 28 at Rutgers

 

2019 RANKINGS

OFFENSE

SCORING: 35.8

RUSHING: 190.6

PASSING: 221.3

TOTAL OFFENSE: 411.9

 

DEFENSE

SCORING: 16.0

RUSHING: 95.0

PASSING: 251.5

TOTAL DEFENSE: 346.5

TURNOVER MARGIN: +0.62

 

2019 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

PASSING: Sean Clifford, 189 – 319 – 23TD

RUSHING: Journey Brown, 129 – 890 – 6.9 – 12TD

RECEIVING: KJ Hamler, 56 – 904 – 16.1 – 8TD

TACKLES: Michael Parsons, 109

TACKLES FOR LOSS: Y Gross-Matos, 15

SACKS: Y. Gross-Matos, 9.5

INTERCEPTIONS: J Reid, 2

 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

LB Micah Parsons: Parsons was a consensus first – team All-American and a Butkus award finalist in 2019. He led Penn State in tackles for a second straight season. He also became the first sophomore to be named the conference linebacker of the year. He plays in bowl games with 28 tackles and three forced fumbles and just two games. He performs under pressure and in moments.

 

KEEP AN EYE ON

DE Jayson Oweh: Jayson is a unique player since he did not play for all until his junior year of high school. He is a freakish athlete who can run a 4.33 40. He has a 36.5 – inch vertical leap. He accumulated five sacks last season including two strip sacks against Michigan State.

 

TOP NEWCOMER

WR TJ Jones: Jones played in just one game last season and red – shirted. He is ready for 2020 and is expected to have a much bigger role this season, especially since Penn State is a little weak at wide receiver.

 

TOP 2020 RECRUITS

LB Curtis Jacobs 6’2” 220

TE Theo Johnson 6’6” 242

S Enzo Jennings 6’1” 185

APB Caziah Holmes 5’11” 179

DT Cole Brevard 6’3” 305

 

WHAT THE SCOUTS ARE SAYING

James Franklin has proven to be a great recruiter, but this year’s class may be the best he is had at Penn State. Adding OC Kirk Ciarrocca will be huge for Penn State offense. He is a creative play caller will give this offense a boost. Ciarrocca is a star in the making and may be in line for a head coaching job relatively soon. It will be fun to see how he transforms this offense. One player who will benefit greatly will be QB Sean Clifford. Clifford doesn’t scare you with his velocity or intangibles, but he is very smart and has a soft touch. He has the ability to put the football between defenders. The star of this offense will be running back Journey Brown. He does run a little upright but he has the ability to get in the open. He has a good spring in his step and will explode into daylight.

Penn State has had four consecutive top 15 recruiting classes and the Lions are expected to challenge Ohio State for the Big 10 East title. A fourth 11 – win season in five years is well within reach.

 

2020 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RUNNING BACKS WATCH LIST

TRAVIS ETIENNE, Clemson: Travis has back- to- back 1,500 yard seasons and is college foot walls active leader with 4,038 yards and did ACC record 56 touchdown.

CHUBA HUBBARD, Oklahoma State: Led college football with 2,094 yards, the first cowboy to top 2,000 since Barry Sanders.

NAJEE HARRIS, Alabama: 13 touchdowns in his first season as a starter.

KENNETH GAINWELL, Memphis: He is the first player since 1997 with 100 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards in the same game.

JOURNEY BROWN, Penn State: rush for 100+ yards in four of the last five games, including 200 in the Cotton Bowl.

KYLIN HILL, Mississippi State: Ranked third in the SEC with 1, 350 yards.

JAVIAN HAWKINS, Louisville: Led college freshman with 1,525 yards.

JARET PATTERSON, Buffalo: Rush for a school record 1,799 yards last season.

CJ VERDELL, Oregon: back – to – back 1,000 yard seasons.

KENNEDY BROOKS, Oklahoma: Led the conference in yards per carry at 6.55 and is aiming for his third consecutive 1,000 yard season.

MOHAMED IBRAHIM, Minnesota: Ran for 140 yards in Minnesota’s Outback Bowl win against Auburn.

TREY SERMON, Ohio State: Took advantage of an injury to Master Teague last season and will be Ohio State’s top running back this season.

RAKEEM BOYD, Arkansas: Has led Arkansas in rushing for two straight years.

POOKA WILLIAMS, Kansas: Has consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons for the Jayhawks.

ISAIAH SPILLER, Texas A&M: Rush for 946 yards and 10 touchdowns as a true freshman.

KEAONTAY INGRAM, Texas: He is the first Longhorn with consecutive 700 – yard seasons since 2014.

ZAMIR WHITE, Georgia: Will take over for D’Andre Swift. Showed promises and his 92 – yard effort against Baylor.

BREESE HALL, Iowa State: Had a team best 897 rushing yards in 2019.

LARRY ROUNDTREE III, Missouri: Has rushed for more than 2,700 career yards.

MICHAEL CARTER, North Carolina: 1,000 yard rusher in 2019 and averages 6.03 yards per carry.

TYLER GOODSON, Iowa: Will look to build off of a fantastic freshman season.

BRENDAN KNOX, Marshall: Topped Conference USA with 1,387 yards and 11 touchdowns.

CHARLES WILLIAMS, UNLV: rush for 1,257 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in his first season as a starter.

GEORGE HOLANI, Boise State: The conference freshman of the year after rushing for 1,000 yards in 2019.

STEVIE SCOTT III, Indiana: 845 yards in 10 touchdowns in 2019.

 

SPORTS EXTRA:

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: JULY 8, 1889

NEW ORLEANS-Never, during even a Presidential election, has there been so much excitement as there is here now, even when the brutal exhibition is over and it is known that John L. Sullivan was successful and that seventy- five rounds were necessary to “knock out” Jake Kilrain. All the streets and vacant spaces around the Northeastern Railroad Station were crowded until the last train got away, at 2:25 this morning, and before daylight the streets in front of the newspaper offices were crowded by people waiting for the bulletins that never came.

Before the last excursion train left the city it ceased any longer to be a secret that the fight would take place at Richburg, Miss., a small station on the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad, 104 miles from New Orleans. The ring was erected by pine torchlight during the night on the highest of hills in the rear of Richburg. In the fourth and fifth rounds Kilrain made Sullivan run around the ring after him, falling when he got too near him. After running about the ring for a while in the tenth round, Kilrain fell to avoid being hit. He pursued the same tactics in the next one, until Sullivan cried out: “Stand up and fight like a man; I’m no sprinter! I’m a fighter!”

This sort of procedure went on for a long time, Kilrain running and dodging and Sullivan calling on him continually to “fight like a man.” But Kilrain insisted on fighting or, rather, running as “Charlie” Mitchell, his trainer, directed. In the thirty ninth round Sullivan asked the referee to make his opponent “stand and fight,” and made a claim of a foul, which the referee refused.

In the forty-fourth Sullivan became sick, but even then Kilrain was afraid to venture near him. He asked him to make the fight a draw, but Sullivan refused, and emphasized the refusal by knocking Kilrain down. He was angry now, and in the next round he not only knocked Kilrain down but he stamped upon him, which prompted a claim of foul from Kilrain’s friends. This was not allowed, and it was repeated in the next round, after Sullivan had thrown Kilrain and fallen upon him. The crowd was now satis- fied that only chance would enable Kilrain to win, and it jeered him for his Fabian tactics.

In the sixty-seventh, sixty-eighth, sixty ninth and seventy-first rounds Sullivan managed to catch his fleeing antagonist and each time knocked him down. Each of the next four rounds ended by Kilrain falling to avoid being knocked down. At the end of the seventy-fifth the referee cautioned Kilrain not to repeat his tactics, but it was seen that Kilrain was in no condition to continue. Kilrain was frightfully bruised and bled profusely. Sullivan was but little marked. The official time of the unofficial fight was 2 hours 16 minutes and 25 seconds.

 

ALSO:

1967: University of Kansas sophomore Jim Ryun ran 3 minutes 33.1 seconds in the 1,500 meters at the British Commonwealth meet at the Los Angeles Coliseum, defeating Kip Keino of Kenya and breaking the 1960 world record of 3:35.6 by Herb Elliott of Australia. Ryun’s record fell to Filbert Bayi of Tanzania in 1974.

1941: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox walloped a three-run homer off Claude Passeau of the Chicago Cubs with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning in the All-Star Game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, giving the American League a stunning 7‚5 victory.

2000: Roger Clemens of the Yankees beaned Mike Piazza of the Mets on the front of the helmet with a fastball in an interleague night game at Yankee Stadium. Piazza suffered a concussion and did not play in the All-Star Game. The incident served as a subplot in the World Series that fall when Clemens threw Piazza’s shattered bat back at him from the mound in Game 2.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1912       At Chicago’s West Side Grounds, Giants southpaw Rube Marquard’s consecutive winning streak is stopped at 19 when the Cubs defeat New York, 7-2. The future Hall of Famer will finish the season with a league-leading 26 victories for the eventual NL champs.

1935       The American League’s winning streak reaches three as the Junior Circuit beats the NL in All-Star action at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, 4-1. The new rule that no pitcher can throw more than three innings unless the game goes extra innings is instituted as the result of Yankee Lefty Gomez pitching six outstanding innings in the Midsummer Classic.

1939       Before the first game of a doubleheader with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, a wall of Japanese beetles forms in front of the home dugout. The removal of 5000 insects doesn’t prevent the problem from returning later in the month.

1941       Thanks to a dramatic two-out, bottom of the ninth inning, three-run home run by Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, the American League All-Stars beat the NL in Detroit, 7-5. The “Splendid Splinter’s” dramatic drive on a 1-1 pitch thrown by Claude Passeau off the right field press box makes the Briggs Stadium contest the first Midsummer Classic decided in the final inning.

1947       Yankee right-hander Spec Shea becomes the first rookie to win an All-Star Game. The 26 year-old ‘Naugatuck Nugget’ tosses three solid innings in the American League’s 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field, but his appearance in the Midsummer Classic leads to a sore arm, limiting his effectiveness as a starter for the Bronx Bombers.

1949       Hank Thompson, who broke into the majors as a member of the St. Louis Browns twelve days after Larry Doby’s American League debut with the Indians in 1947, becomes the first African-American to play for the Giants. When the former Kansas City Monarchs’ standout faces Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe, it marks the first time a pitcher-batter confrontation takes place between black players in the major leagues.

1950       In the bottom of the ninth inning at Forbes Field, Jack Phillips, pinch-hitting for Murry Dickson, erases a three-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam off Harry Brecheen. The 28 year-old utility infielder, who will go deep only nine times in 892 major league at-bats, gives the Pirates a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Cardinals.

1951       After Joe DiMaggio commits an error in center field, Yankee manager Casey Stengel replaces the aging superstar with rookie Jackie Jensen. The skipper’s decision to make the move in the middle of the game strains an already acrimonious relationship.

1952       At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, the home of both the Phillies and A’s, the hometown National League squeaks by the Junior Circuit in a shortened five-inning All-Star contest, 3-2. The contest marks the first Midsummer Classic to be called early due to rain since the inaugural meeting of the two leagues in 1933.

1956       In an 11-1 rout of the Pirates at the Polo Grounds, the Giants go deep for a franchise record seven home runs. Willie Mays, Daryl Spencer, and Wes Westrum each connect for a pair, and Hank Thompson adds another.

1958       At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, in a contest which features no extra-base hits (13 singles), the American League edges the Senior Circuit, 4-3. Giants hurler Billy O’Dell pitched a perfect final three innings of the Silver Anniversary of the All-Star Game.

1959       During the All-Star break, the Reds fire manager Mayo Smith (35-45) and replace him with Fred Hutchinson (39-35), the skipper of the Seattle team in the PCL. ‘Hutch,’ who will become a mainstay in the Cincinnati dugout, is the team’s fourth manager in less than a year.

1962       With the help of Stan Musial’s three home runs, the Cardinals soundly defeat the Mets at the Polo Grounds, 15-1. ‘The Man,’ who at the age of 41 becomes the oldest major leaguer ever to accomplish the feat, misses an opportunity for another at-bat in the ninth inning, after being replaced in the previous frame by pinch-runner Bobby Gene Smith.

1965       At Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Joe Morgan sets an Astros record by going 6-for-6. The 21 year-old rookie second baseman’s stellar performance, which includes two home runs and a double, doesn’t stop the Braves from beating Houston, 9-8.

1969       At Shea Stadium, Don Young is roundly criticized by Cubs’ teammate Ron Santo for his two misplays in center field that help the Mets score three ninth-inning runs, resulting in a 4-3 walk-off victory and cutting Chicago’s division lead to four games over the surging New York team. The emotional third baseman will apologize for his remarks tomorrow but will be soundly booed by the hometown fans in his first game back at Wrigley Field.

1970       Jim Ray Hart completes the cycle and becomes the first player in fifty-nine years to have six RBIs in one inning when he hits a three-run homer and a three-run triple in the Giants’ 13-0 rout of Atlanta. The San Francisco third baseman had already stroked a double in the second and added a single in the third before his three-base hit and round-tripper in the fifth frame.

1973       Bob Watson’s hard slide into second base to break up a double play fractures Expos shortstop Tim Foli’s jaw. When the Houston outfielder returns to left field, the Montreal fans at Jarry Park begin hurling debris at him to show their displeasure about his treatment of their popular infielder.

1973       “Can you imagine a damn team that has to cheat to beat us?”- WHITEY HERZOG, Ranger manager lamenting about Milwaukee stealing signs from his 29-53 Texas team. After Texas is routed 17-2 yesterday and drops today’s doubleheader at County Stadium, an animated Ranger skipper Whitey Herzog accuses Bernie Brewer of cheating, contending the mascot uses white-gloved costumed hands to relay signs from his center-field chalet, clapping once for a curve and twice for a fastball. Milwaukee manager Del Crandall denies the charges of the very frustrated opposing field boss, saying the person behind the costume is an employee’s kid who would not be involved with such deception.

1974       Oakland outfielder Claudell Washington, making his first start in the major leagues, strokes a single in the tenth inning to give the A’s a 4-3 victory over the Indians. The 19 year-old rookie’s walk-off hit spoils Gaylord Perry’s attempt to get a record-tying 16th consecutive victory this season.

1976       Randy Jones posts the most victories at the All-Star break in National League history, winning his 16th game of the season in the Padres’ 6-3 defeat of the Cubs at Wrigley Field. In the second half of the season, the 26 year-old southpaw’s good fortune runs out when he will lose seven games by a run, including two 1-0 loses.

1977       A bench-clearing brawl erupts at Three River Stadium when Pirates right-hander Bruce Kison hits Mike Schmidt in the back with a pitch. The fisticuffs result in a dislocated finger for Phillies’ third baseman, and Bucs’ first baseman Willie Stargell, attempting to break up the fight, suffers a pinched nerve in his left elbow, limiting his playing time to only eight games for the rest of the season.

1979       The Mets announce the selection of Mettle as the name for the team’s new mascot mule. Dolores Mapps of Mercerville, N.J., who submitted the winning entry, believes the moniker captures the team’s “spirit, ardor, stamina, and courage, all of which the Mets have in abundance.”

1987       Gerald Young becomes the first player from Honduras to appear in the majors. In his big league debut, the 22 year-old Tela native plays center field and leads off for the Astros, going 0-for-4 in a 1-0 loss to the Expos at the Astrodome.

1994       Red Sox shortstop John Valentin snares Marc Newfield’s sixth-inning line drive, steps on second retiring Mike Blowers, and then tags the runner coming from first, Kevin Mitchell, to turn an unassisted triple play. After completing the rare feat, accomplishing a play that has occurred only ten times in major league history, the infielder begins a three-homer outburst by Boston in the bottom of the frame, helping the team defeat the Mariners at Fenway Park, 4-3.

1995       After matching solo tallies with their opponents in the 1st and 16th inning, the Astros score in the bottom of the 17th inning for a 3-2 victory over San Diego. Craig Biggio singles off Brian Williams to score Doug Brocail, who becomes the winning pitcher in the Astrodome contest when he steps on home plate.

1997       Helping to snap the National League’s three-game winning streak, Sandy Alomar, Jr., belts a seventh-inning two-run home run to lead the Junior Circuit to a 3-1 All-Star Game victory in front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd at Jacobs Field. The 31 year-old Indian catcher, amid a 30-game hitting streak, is named the Midsummer Classic’s Most Valuable Player.

2000       The Yankees sweep their crosstown rivals in the first double-ballpark doubleheader since 1903 with identical 4-2 scores, in an afternoon tilt at Shea and an evening contest at Yankee Stadium. The twin bill provides quite an interesting day in New York when Mike Piazza, beaned by Roger Clemens, goes to the hospital, Dwight Gooden gets his first win at the Flushing Meadows ballpark since 1994, and a bizarre obstruction call on Mets’ first baseman Todd Zeile causes the team to play first game under protest.

2000       When Jose Cruz Jr. hits his 20th round-tripper in a 6-3 win over the Expos, the Blue Jays become the first team in major league history to have four batters to hit twenty or more homers before the All-Star break. The 26 year-old Toronto outfielder joins teammates Tony Batista, Carlos Delgado, and Raul Mondesi in reaching the milestone.

2002       The Charleston Riverdogs, the Class A minor league affiliate of the Devil Rays, padlock the gates of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park and hold a party outside the ballpark in an attempt to set the record for the lowest attendance at a professional baseball game. When the ‘Nobody Night’ contest becomes official in the fifth inning with the audience recorded as zero, patrons are allowed through the gates to watch the South Atlantic League contest against the Columbus RedStixx.

2003       Indians’ southpaw Billy Traber one-hits the Yankees, retiring 27 of 28 batters, including 21 in a row after allowing John Flaherty to reach first base with a single in the third inning. The 4-0 blanking of the Bronx Bombers is the 23 year-old rookie’s first complete game.

2005       In Singapore, the International Olympic Committee takes a secret vote on the approval of the 28 current summer Olympic events scheduled for the 2012 Summer Games in London. The scheduled activities do not include baseball and softball, marking the first time the IOC has eliminated existing sports since the dropping of polo in 1936.

2005       Blue Jays’ ace Roy Halladay, in the team’s 7-6 defeat to the Rangers, suffers a broken leg after being hit by a Kevin Mench third-inning line drive. ‘Doc,’ who was slated to be the American League starter in the All-Star Game to be played in Detroit this week, will miss the rest of the season.

2008       The Cubs bolster their pitching staff, obtaining starter Rich Harden and reliever Chad Gaudin from the A’s in exchange for right-hander Sean Gallagher, second baseman/outfielder Eric Patterson, outfielder Matt Murton, and minor league backstop prospect Josh Donaldson. Chicago’s dealing may be in anticipation of the trade rumors of the Brewers getting Indians’ ace, CC Sabathia.

2010       Ubaldo Jimenez, with the Rockies’ 4-3 victory over St. Louis, became the first pitcher in ten years to record 15 wins before the All-Star break. The Colorado right-hander, who has compiled a 15-1 mark, is the first hurler to reach the plateau since David Wells posted a 15-2 record with the Blue Jays in 2000.

2010       Using an online ballot, fans select Nick Swisher of the Yankees and Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto to fill the last two roster spots in this year’s All-Star Game. The New York outfielder, who has edged Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis for the final AL spot, used his Twitter account to campaign for votes and to thank his fans for their support.

2014       The Mets beat Atlanta to win its 4,000th game since starting as an expansion team in 1962. The milestone victory is recorded by rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom, who strikes out 11 batters in seven shutout innings in the team’s 8-3 win at Citi Field.

2019       In the decisive final round of the Home Run Derby at Progressive Field, Pete Alonso, hitting 23 home runs in his last at-bats, edges out fellow first-year player Vladimir Guerrero of the Rangers by one homer. The New York first baseman becomes the first Mets player to win the competition outright (Darryl Strawberry shared the title with Wally Joyner in 1986) and the second rookie ever to win the event, joining Yankee freshman Aaron Judge, who won in 2017.

 

WORLD SERIES HISTORY: 2006

The 2006 World Series featured two of the most storied franchises in major league history doing battle – again. The venues might be new, but these teams were no stranger to each other as St. Louis and Detroit have met in the World Series twice before, with the Cardinals winning in seven games during the 1934 Fall Classic and the Tigers raising the trophy in similar fashion during the 1968 Fall Classic.

The Cardinals, who are playing in their seventeenth Fall Classic, are returning to the World Series after only a one-year absence, though they’d probably like to forget about that sweep by the Boston Red Sox in 2004. The Tigers, who are playing in their tenth Fall Classic, haven’t been since 1984, when they beat the San Diego Padres in five games. Both clubs limped badly into the playoffs and each played below .500 baseball since the All-Star break, yet baseball fans can rejoice if parity is their cup of coffee as 2006 will give us our seventh different World Series champion in seven years.

Game 1 featured the “underdog” Redbirds playing in the less than friendy confines of Comerica Park. With two out, a runner on second, the third inning, Tiger ace Justin Verlander fell behind 2-1 to Chris Duncan when the St. Louis designated hitter doubled down the right-field line to score Yadier Molina to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. Slugger extraordinaire Albert Pujols then hit Verlander’s next pitch, a fastball away, into the right-field seats for an opposite-field home run and a 4-1 St. Louis lead. Pujols’ shot changed the complexion of the game and left the Tigers in a significant hole they wouldn’t climb out of on this night. Detroit closer Todd Jones said after the game, “Pujols, the alien over there, hit that home run it and took the crowd out of it. He’s one of those two or three guys who are out of this world when it comes to hitting.”

Christy Mathewson appeared on the mound for Game 2, or at least a pitcher who is starting to look a lot like the 1905 World Series ace who finished with twenty-seven scoreless innings pitched. Kenny Rogers ran up his postseason total to twenty-three after eight more zeroes appeared next to his name this game then acknowledged Big Six in his postgame interview, “I’m no Christy Mathewson, that’s for sure. I’ve had scoreless streaks before. I’m so glad it’s happening for us as a team, it helps us win. But I will never put myself in the category of someone like that or even remotely close. I know I’m just trying to be a good pitcher and make as many good pitches as I can.”

“Basically,” manager Jim Leyland summarized Game 3, “our offense got three hits.” Chris Carpenter, who is the only Cardinal besides Bob Gibson to win a Cy Young Award, pitched eight dominating innings in the first World Series start of his career and was responsible for those three hits. Unfazed by the chilly weather, it was 43 degrees at game time, the RedBird ace needed only eighty-two pitches to record twenty-four outs. Brandon Inge (1 single) and Sean Casey (2 singles) accounted for all the Tiger offense as no other player even made their way on to first base.

Rain moved the start of Game 4 from October 25th to October 26, and Sean Casey didn’t mind the day of rest. Early in Game 4, it looked like Casey was on his way to single-handedly carrying the Tigers to a victory. He drove in the first two Tigers runs with a second-inning solo homer and then with a single in the third. The managerial chess game appeared to swing in favor of Jim Leyland who had moved the boiling Casey (hitting .462 after this Series game) from seventh to fifth in the lineup, but critical defensive struggles led to yet another loss. Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols said, “They make some errors, we take advantage” and combining that with three key doubles by David Eckstein made a 3-0 defecit into a 5-4 thriller which put the Cardinals (3-1) in close reach of their first world championship in twenty-four years.

Jeff Weaver gave yet another brilliant playoff performance during Game 5, hurling eight innings, allowing just four hits, and only two runs to score — one of which was earned. Weaver, once known for postseason letdowns before 2006, pitched as effectively as any Cardinals starter this October. A fourth-inning David Eckstein RBI groundout brought home the winning run as the consistently composed RedBirds continued capitalizing on Tigers errors. Three St. Louis runs were at least partly set up by Detroit errors. Eck, who went 6-for-9 with four clutch RBIs during Games 4 and 5, was named the World Series Most Valuable Player after Game 5 and said, “It’s a great honor, but I feel like I was just trying to do what I usually do. I just got very fortunate. I found some holes.”

The 2006 Cardinals now have the one thing that marks them as true, great members of the Redbird fraternity: a World Series championship. Their first World Series title since 1982 and number ten, the most of any National League team, in seventeen attempts for one of baseball’s signature franchises.

 

BASEBALL’S BEST: MIKE CUELLAR

Mike Cuellar was a four-time 20-game winner for the Baltimore Orioles, and the winner of 185 major-league games. He could also lay claim to being the one of the most superstitious players in baseball. “He had a routine and please don’t interfere with it,” remembered a teammate, Paul Blair. “He would walk to the mound the same way, same steps. Step on the mound. Go to the front of the mound, and the rosin bag couldn’t be on there.

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